I watched this with interest when it went out in 1999 (and it's also quite interesting to reflect how much has changed since then!), and am happy now to own it as something of a TV landmark. The Bowlers are getting quite a rough time in these reviews, which I think is most unfair. What are you looking for? a late 20th century family slipping into Victorian mode without a single withdrawal symptom? Surely the fact that the family lost their way so early is an illustration of the difference between the two time periods, and how much harder life was in 1900, which was what the experiment was designed to show. For me, the complaints from the family are the most revealing thing about the series.
The fact that Joyce's vegetarian ideology informed her choice of food, and that she felt morally incapable of allowing a maid to take over the cleaning of the house, are key illustrations of the gulf between the 1900 and 1999 mindset. If they were forced to live in the Victorian period for the rest of their lives, I'm sure those moral choices would be reviewed fairly quickly. My one quibble with Joyce is that she rather underestimated the steel of the young lady who took on the role of the maid. It was rather patronising to let her go - after all she had volunteered to undergo her own 1900 experience.
Anyway, arguments aside, this was a fascinating exercise which involved a lot of hard work by all concerned, and all the episodes are presented on this DVD, in addition to a documentary review of the series with additional interviews with the Bowler family.